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Mugged: Anodyne Coffee

Mugged: Anodyne Coffee

Subject: Anodyne CoffeeCoffees Mugged and Rating [see key]:- Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gelena Abaya 6+- Colombia Tolima ASOPAP 6+Certain North American regions are definitely under-appreciated, one of them being Wisconsin. Full of beautiful landscapes and interesting cities, most people (at least the ones I run into) seem to overlook Chicago's northern neighbor. The same tends to go for Wisconsin coffee, as America's Dairyland is home to quite a few great roasters such as Kickapoo, Colectivo and the subject of today's post, Anodyne.Read more »Continue Reading

3 Common Characteristics of Awesome Coffee Shops

3 Common Characteristics of Awesome Coffee Shops

You know when you’ve found one: the awesome coffee shop. These little spots brighten up the days of millions of people each day, and you’re one of their favorite customers. Still, if you’ve been a coffee drinker for more than a few months, you’ve definitely experienced some coffee shops that left you feeling like something is missing. This is a sad state to experience. No amount of caffeine can bring joy to the experience. But why are these coffee shops such a downer, and what …Continue Reading

Rev Coffee Roasters

Rev Coffee Roasters

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Rev Coffee RoastersLocation Visited: Smyrna, GAWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]I have always looked at getting a great coffee from a distant roaster as a small road trip in a bag. While I aspire to visit every worthwhile coffee purveyor, the sad truth is that there's not much money in my coffee coffers to make that a consistent reality. So until I get to a roaster's physical shop (if they have one), I'm more than content to breathe in their …Continue Reading

Slipstream

Slipstream

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: SlipstreamLocation: Washington DCWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]Many coffee beverages share a lot in common with cocktails. Like a good cocktail, the ingredients and methodology will carry or crash the beverage. Also, much like a skilled bartender should know how to make an old fashioned or martini, a good barista will easily know the difference between a traditional cappuccino, a flat white and a latte. Add to the mix the growing overlap between cocktails and coffee beverages, and it's no wonder that places like DC's Slipstream have grown …Continue Reading

Cure

Cure

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: CureLocation: Norfolk, VAWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]It's my habit often when visiting with friends on the weekend to seek out a good brunch and then a good coffeehouse. While the landscape is still improving, sadly few places know how to do brunch and great coffee, so to keep it simple I usually keep my coffee stops separate from my brunches.Read more »Continue Reading

Gypsy Donut and Espresso Bar

Gypsy Donut and Espresso Bar

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Gypsy Donut and Espresso BarLocation: Nyack, NYWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]Back some ten years, Nyack first appeared on my radar when a good cousin and chum decided to attend Nyack College, a small Christian institution of higher education on the Hudson. Having never actually been in the town of Nyack, I recall being delighted to discover its charm and array of local shops, but somewhat disappointed that for many a year there existed notContinue Reading

Vintage Tea and Coffee

Vintage Tea and Coffee

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map SeriesSubject: Vintage Tea and CoffeeLocation: Cleveland, OHWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]Whenever I peak in, Cleveland's coffee landscape seems to be improving quite nicely. Whether LeBron is the one to thank or it's just a mix of local talent meeting a growing need for excellent beverages, the city provides new caffeinated delight every time I visit.Read more Continue Reading

Astro Coffee

Astro Coffee

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map Series Subject: Astro Coffee Location: Detroit, MI WiFi?: yes Rating: 6+ [see key] The multi-roaster coffeehouse is one of my favorite iterations of a coffee-serving establishment. Poised to introduce its consumers to different coffee purveyors and offerings, it’s much like the local taproom with an ever-rotating selection for the fanatical beer enthusiastsContinue Reading

Little Amps Coffee Roasters

Little Amps Coffee Roasters

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map Series Subject: Little Amps Coffee Roasters Location: Harrisburg, PA (downtown location) WiFi?: yes Rating: 6+ [see key] The great state of Pennsylvania is a complex state. Home to major cities, beautiful countryside and quaint towns, I find new surprises every time I traverse it. One city often overlooked is the state capital. Dubbed head of PA in 1812, Continue Reading

Lemonjello’s Coffee

Lemonjello’s Coffee

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map Series Subject: Lemonjello’s Coffee Location: Holland, MI WiFi?: yes Rating: 5+ [see key] Often when visiting Chicago, I would look across Lake Michigan and wonder about what existed on the other shore. Not a frequent Michigan-goer, I finally got my chance to see the eastern shore and see what the area had to offer. Fortunately, I Continue Reading

Madcap Coffee

Madcap Coffee

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map Series Subject: Madcap CoffeeLocation: Grand Rapids, MIWiFi?: yesRating: 6+ [see key]These days, few coffee companies seem to have as many fans as Madcap Coffee. Whether it’s their colorful designs or their excellently-roasted coffee, one usually hears many cheers of affirmation when Madcap is on the table (both topically and literally).  On a Continue Reading

Case Study Coffee

Case Study Coffee

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map Series Subject: Case Study Coffee Roasters Location: Portland, OR [NE Sandy Blvd shop] WiFi?: yes Rating: 6+ [see key] Long, long ago in the pre-smart phone days, I would use the hunt-with-my-eyes method of locating coffeehouses. Essentially I would do minimal research when visiting a new place and wing it, hoping that in wandering the right Continue Reading

Filter

Filter

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map Series Subject: Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar Location: Washington DC [Dupont Circle shop] WiFi?: yes Rating: 6+ [see key] There always exist a few coffeehouses that take me forever to reach. Whether it be a conflict of hours or simply an inflexibility in my travel plans, I sometimes wait years to get to some places. It’s even more frustrating when Continue Reading

Ugly Mug

Ugly Mug

Part of the Fill in the Coffee Map Series Subject: Ugly Mug Cafe and Roastery Location: Ypsilanti, MI WiFi?: yes Rating: 6+ [see key] I first heard about the glory of Ypsilanti almost ten years ago. Naturally I speak of a time-tested coffee establishment called the Ugly Mug, a local coffeehouse and roastery that’s been around as long as I’ve been writing this blog. Clearly I do not often Continue Reading

CC: Ozo Coffee

CC: Ozo Coffee

Subject: Ozo Coffee RoastersLocation: Boulder, CO Free WiFi ? : yes Rating: 6+ [see key] Some time ago when I was running a contest on my readers’ favorite coffeehouses, someone submitted Ozo Coffee Roasters in Boulder. Not too familiar with the entity, the reader who claimed them as favorite was quite persuasive in their praise. So persuasive in fact that the next time I found some time Continue Reading

CC: Kava Cafe

CC: Kava Cafe

Subject: Kava Cafe Location: Breckenridge, CO Free WiFi ? : yes Rating: 4+ [see key] There’s something about old wood buildings that makes me chipper. Maybe it’s my love of spaghetti westerns or maybe it’s the rustic feel of days past, but no matter my impetus, it is also quite the trend in many places to set up shop in old barns or bungalows. One town that is full of Continue Reading

CC: The Cup

CC: The Cup

Subject: The Cup Espresso Cafe Location: Boulder, CO Free WiFi ? : yes Rating: 5+ [see key] A coffeehouse that does not encourage congregating is one doomed to failure. Sure places like drive-thrus survive solely as a grab-and-go, but that seems to be the exception. Even if people rarely sit and talk, all folks desire access to an inviting cafe to gather for friendly discourse. In the lovelyContinue Reading

CC: Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

CC: Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

Subject: Joe Bean Coffee Roasters Location: Rochester, NY Free WiFi ? : yes Rating: 6+ [see key] Of the towns I’ve frequented in Upstate NY, Rochester is by far one of my favorites. The city holds a lot of nifty sites, good memories and despite the exodus of some large companies like Kodak, the city still seems to grow in its appeal with every visit I make. One relatively Continue Reading

CC: Buzz: Killer Espresso

CC: Buzz: Killer Espresso

Subject: Buzz: Killer Espresso Location: Chicago, IL Free WiFi ? : yes Rating: 6+ [see key] How a barista handles customers coming in during the last half hour of business says a lot about a place in my mind. Within that final half hour, a lot of shops begin to shut down and clean their equipment, because like most people, the employees want to go home sooner rather than later. If things are Continue Reading